Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology

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K. Todd Houston

Details: 392 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-479-3

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Over the past decade, the evolution of distance learning technology and widespread availability of affordable, high-quality video conferencing solutions has allowed for the growth of telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology. Increasingly, practitioners are developing telepractice programs to provide family-centered early intervention services, speech and language therapy to children in public schools, and rehabilitation to adults recovering from aphasia as well as those with speech and swallowing disorders. Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology provides practical information to speech-language pathologists to facilitate in implementing a successful telepractice program. It presents the technological requirements, current applications in speech-language pathology, policy and regulatory issues, future directions and trends, and international perspectives on telepractice. The book also addresses the use of distance learning technology to provide supervision and mentoring to pre-service and in-service professionals. Both practitioners currently in the field and graduate students in speech-language pathology will find this to be an invaluable text.


"[I] give this book a thumbs up and highly recommend it as a good addition to your library if you want to understand telepractice, consider delivering services via technology, invest in alternative approaches to treatment or supervision, or add this delivery method as a new service option to your practice...

This is the first book I am aware of that is entirely devoted to the delivery of speech-language pathology and rehabilitation services at a distance. The 12 chapters were contributed by Houston and a host of other professionals who are seen as experts and/or pioneers in the field. They cover a wide range of geographic regions, disability populations, business interests, and service options. While there were a number of contributors, Houston did a great job of ensuring that the content was presented cohesively...

One of the strengths of the book is the focus on efficacy. Many chapters included discussion of challenges, benefits, and recommendations for utilizing telepractice in service delivery and highlighted how this mechanism can be applied to specific populations or aspects of service delivery. For example, challenges such as time, travel, logistics, availability of qualified professionals, and continuity of services can be resolved...

Individuals and organizations that are considering incorporating telepractice into their practice or business model will appreciate the authorsÂ’ experiences and perspectives on important personal, business health, and financial aspects. Discussions include comments about tools for business as well as developing and growing a customer base. Of interest as well is the discussion about telepractice in international services. The last chapter is very interesting as the authors provide insights into the future of telepractice and service delivery. The Appendices contain practical tools and information including the school needs assessment tool and information about the ASHA Practice Portal. Finally, there is a Blueprint for Telepractice Guidelines that highlights Administrative Principles, Clinical Principles, Technical Principles, and Ethical Principles.

This book is now on my shelf and will be my 'go to' resource for questions I receive when I consult with schools, healthcare programs, and businesses interested in knowing more about telepractice."

Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, EdD, Creative Strategies for Special Education, Baltimore, MD, in the International Journal of Telerehabilitation (Fall 2014)


  1. History, Definitions, and Overview of Telepractice Models
    K. Todd Houston, Anne M. Flemming, Kelly J. Brown, Tali R. Weinberg, and Jessica M. Nafe
  2. Efficacy of Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology
    Arlene Stredler-Brown
  3. Getting Started: Building A Successful Telepractice Program
    Sena Crutchley, Robin L. Alvares, and Michael F. Campbell
  4. Family-Centered Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology
  5. Tele-Therapy: Serving School-Age Children
    Sue Grogan-Johnson
  6. Telerehabilitation: Adult Speech and Swallowing Disorders
    Farzan Irani and Rodney Gabel
  7. Initiating and Sustaining a Telepractice Program for Individuals with Aphasia
    Lyn R. Tindall
  8. Evaluating Telepractice: Measuring Success, Cost-Benefit, and Outcomes
    Scott T. Palasik and Farzan Irani
  9. eSupervision and eMentoring: Professional Development for Current and Future Professionals
    Charles H. Carlin, Emily L. Carlin, Jennifer L. Milam, and Tali R. Weinberg
  10. The Business of Telepractice
    Marnee Brick
  11. International Applications of Telepractice in Speech-Langauge Pathology
    Gabriella Constantinescu and Dimity Dornan
  12. Future Directions in Telepractice and Service Delivery
    K. Todd Houston, Anne M. Fleming, and Kelly J. Brown

Appendix A. School-Based Telepractice Needs Assessment
Appendix B. American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association's Practice Portal: Telepractice
Appendix C. A Blueprint for Telerehabilitation Guidelines- American Telemedicine Association


K. Todd Houston

K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process, Auditory-Verbal Therapy, cochlear implantation in children and adults, adult aural rehabilitation, the use of social media and social networking to support clinical services, and telepractice. He directs the Telepractice and eLearning Laboratory (TeLL), an initiative to evaluate clinical practices in the area of distance service delivery in speech-language pathology and audiology. Dr. Houston also is the author/editor of Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology (2014, Plural Publishing), one of the first texts in the field addressing the topic of telepractice as a service delivery model. Dr. Houston is a widely published author and a sought-after presenter, and he continues to deliver keynote addresses, conference presentations, and workshops on topics such as telepractice, listening and spoken language outcomes in children with hearing loss, parent engagement, and social media/networking.

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